Changing the colour of light on the nanoscale

Job type: 
Application deadline: 
Sunday, May 26, 2019

POSITION DESCRIPTION
> Fundamental study of nonlinear optics on the nanoscale
> Real-life applications to spectroscopy and microscopy
> Breakthrough research at the University of Technology Sydney

A PhD scholarship is available for the right candidate, working on Nanoscale Nonlinear Optics at the University of Technology, Sydney. The project involves the design, fabrication and experimental characterisation of smaller-than-wavelength optical resonators and 2D-material based photonic devices to enable efficient wavelength conversion.

New methods of changing the colour of light will be developed for structures with sizes hundreds of times smaller than the width of a human hair. This ultimate miniaturisation will push the boundaries of high-precision microscopy and spectroscopy, and move towards increasing energy efficiency, scalability and security of optical communication networks of the future.

University of Technology Sydney has an exceptional team of optical physicists with expertise in numerical modelling, optical nanofabrication and experimental characterisation. The project will support collaborative work with external partners at the frontier of nanophotonics.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS AND SKILLS
> Master’s degree or bachelor’s degree with honours in physics, engineering or photonics by mid-late 2019
> Solid fundamental knowledge of optics
> Recent English Language Certificate (IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 79 or PTE 58 or CAE 176) or alternatively over 2 years of confirmed education in English
> Ability to work independently as a researcher and effectively in a team

DESIRED SKILLS
> Experience performing optical simulations, preferably involving resonators or waveguides
> Practical experience with experiments in free-space optics, including laser beam alignment, manipulation and imaging
> Nano-fabrication experience or knowledge of nano-fabrication approaches and limitations

The scholarship is valued at $27,082 (currently tax‐free, and indexed annually) for 3 years, with a possible 6-month extension. UTS tuition fees will also be covered. Please send your application by email including a cover letter, a CV, academic transcripts and a list of publications to Alexander.Solntsev@uts.edu.au by the 27th of May 2019. The start date is flexible, but limited to no later than February 2020.

Dr Alexander Solntsev
www.uts.edu.au/staff/alexander.solntsev